Chief Investigators: Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Professor Roslyn Boyd, Dr Yannick Bleyenheuft, Professor Iona Novak, Professor Catherine Elliott, Dr Cathy Morgan, Dr Kerstin Pannek.

Associate Investigators: Dr David Rowell, Ms Prue Golland, Professor Robert Ware.

NHMRC funded Project: 2018-2022

The HABIT-ILE study will investigate the efficacy of an intensive day camp model of intensive upper and lower extremity training to improve gross motor function and bimanual hand performance in children aged 6-16 with bilateral cerebral palsy. We will secondarily investigate the impact of HABIT-ILE on walking efficiency, self-care, mobility, achievement of individualised occupational performance goals, quality of life, and neuroplasticity in this is a randomised waitlist controlled trial.

The HABIT-ILE study offers a range of opportunities suitable for new graduates as well as experienced clinicians. Opportunities exist for candidates with a range of backgrounds including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and exercise science, human movements, medical, and or/health economists to undertake a PhD or Masters projects.

PhD Opportunities:

  1. The efficacy of intensive bimanual training on bimanual hand skills and goal attainment in children and youth with bilateral cerebral palsy (Supervisory Team: Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Professor Roslyn Boyd)
  2. The efficacy of intensive lower extremity training on gross motor function, walking efficiency and mobility (Supervisory Team: Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Professor Roslyn Boyd, Dr Lee Barber)
  3. The relationship between clinical outcomes and neuroplasticity following intensive upper and lower extremity training in children with bilateral cerebral palsy (Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Professor Roslyn Boyd, Dr Kerstin Pannek, Dr Jurgen Fripp at CSIRO)
  4. Cost effectiveness of intensive group-based upper and lower extremity training for children and youth with bilateral cerebral palsy (Dr Leanne Sakzewski, Prof Roslyn Boyd, Dr David Rowell (health Economist at UQ).

Project members

Chief Investigators

Dr Leanne Sakzewski

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Child Health Research Centre, University of Queensland

Professor Roslyn Boyd

Scientific Director, Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre
Child Health Research Centre, The University of Queensland

Dr Yannick Bleyenheuft

Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Professor Iona Novak

Head of Research, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute
School of Medicine, The University of Sydney

Professor Catherine Elliott

Chair of Allied Health, Child and Adolescent Health Service, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
Curtin University

Dr Cathy Morgan

Research Fellow
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute

Dr Kerstin Pannek

Academic Title Holder
Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre

Associate Investigators

Dr David Rowell

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for the Business and Economics of Health, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law

Ms Prue Golland

Cerebral Palsy Alliance NSW

Professor Robert Ware

Professor, School of Medicine
Griffith University